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    07-25-2012, 10:20 PM
Hard Frog

My QH is dealing with some lameness issues. I picked his hooves today to find that his frog is as hard as every other bit of his hoof, sole and outer hoof wall.
When I work him he'll start fine but closer to the end of a work out he gets super lame on the front end. He works in soft sand and dirt. Could his hard frog be a contributing factor in his lameness?
I had been oiling the outside of his hooves since they were nasty and cracked. He's had front end lameness issues since we pulled his shoes a month or so ago. What might I be able to do to make the frog more cushiony?
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    07-25-2012, 10:55 PM
You say you pulled his shoes a month or so ago. That's more likely the source of your problems. Without pics of how he is trimmed, it's hard to say. Most horses take much longer than a few months to transition well to barefoot.
    07-25-2012, 11:53 PM
Great that his frogs are hard - that's a start. But need more info re other stuff. Eg. Is he lame on hard or rough ground, or everywhere? Could it be due to working on too soft/deep footing? Does he land toe or heel first generally? What sort of work do you do on that deep footing? Hoof pix would be good if you reckon the lameness may be hoof pain. What do you do about the lameness?

Oh & I would not put topical goop on his feet, but if they're 'nasty' & cracked, this could be nutrition/diet related, could be due to bad mechanics, could be due to an overly wet environment, etc.

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